Technical Courses for Coaches, Umpires & Scorers


Programme Guidelines


Provide training to active coaches, umpires and/or scorers and implement technical courses for the above in one individual country or in one particular region.


All Continental Confederations (CC) and National Federations (NF) may benefit from this programme. Nevertheless, priority will be given to whichever applicant can demonstrate that the basic sports structure is weak but has a clear potential for development.


The WBSC may accept one request per year per NF per category (coach, umpire and scorer) and up to three requests per year per Continental Confederation per category, in principle. The National Federations and the Continental Confederations will be offered the opportunity to receive an expert or a pool of experts, which will run a technical course in the country of the National Federation, if a NF is applying for the programme. In case of an application coming from a Continental Confederation, a specific area where the courses will be held shall be determined. The choice should take into consideration the possibility of contributing to the development of skilled coaches, umpires and scorers in multiple countries.

External Partners

The National Federation, through its Continental Confederation, or a Continental Confederation itself, may also propose a specific expert, or a pool of experts, but in this case, he/she or they must be approved by the WBSC before being accepted. These expert(s) must have practical experience as coach(es), umpire(s) or scorer(s) at international level and demonstrate the educational and technical qualities necessary to run this type of project.

Application Procedure

In order to allow sufficient time for analysis and nomination of an expert(s), the official application form must be presented no later than six months prior to the start of the proposed project. The following information must be included on the application form:

  • Description of training needs and level of the coaches/ umpires/scorers;
  • Tentative number of participants that will take part in the training session;
  • Tentative dates/period;
  • CV(Resume) if an expert(s) is(are) proposed by the National Federation or Continental Confederation; and
  • Detailed budget estimation including all items (in particular an estimation of the travel, board and lodging costs and indemnities to be paid to the expert, etc.).

Analysis and Approval

If the National Federation sends the request, the WBSC will evaluate it with the support of the Continental Confederation. Within 60 days, the WBSC will notify the decision by approving, denying or informing the applicant about the necessity to receive further information. In case of approval, the confirmation will be accompanied by the name(s) of the expert(s) that will direct the course.

In case of an expert(s) nominated by the National Federation or Continental Confederation, the WBSC will evaluate the suitability and either agree with the nomination or opt for an alternative. Once all parties are in agreement (National Federation, Continental Confederation, WBSC, expert(s)) the WBSC will officially approve the training session, and this approval will be accompanied by an official agreement, which should be signed by the NF and/or the Continental Confederation, the WBSC and the expert(s). The training session may only take place when all the concerned parties thus confirming their agreement have signed the contract.

Financial Conditions

The following items should be included in the budget proposed by the National Federation or Continental Confederation:

  • Tentative costs for food and accommodation and local transportation for the WBSC experts;
  • Costs for educational material and/or facility rentals; and
  • Total budget including transportation, food and accommodation for the participants in the training session.

And, in case of expert(s) nominated by the NF or CC:

  • International travel costs; and
  • Illness and accident insurance, if necessary.

Important: The indemnities to be paid to the nominated expert must be agreed upon between the National Federation or the Continental Confederation and the expert and included in the overall budget. If necessary, any difference between the calculated budget and the amount allocated by the WBSC may be covered by eventual external assistance (Government, sponsors, Continental Confederation, etc.).

Follow-up and Control

At the conclusion of the training programme, the National Federation or the Continental Confederation must present the following documents to the WBSC, as soon as possible:

  • List of the Certificates of Participation distributed;
  • A detailed technical report with an evaluation, comments as well as all other pertinent information (photographs, press clippings etc.); and
  • A financial report form, completed clearly, in detail by National Federation or Continental Confederation, including an attached list of all the supporting payment receipts, duly itemized, and translated into either English or Spanish, where necessary.

Payment Process

  • Advance payment (60% of budget) made with the approval letter of the preparation project; and
  • Balance payment (40% of budget) made upon receipt and acceptation of the nal reports detailing the activities carried out and justifying the totality of the budget allocated within the context of this preparation project.